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WNZ insurance

Note: Latest version of policy documents are available for download below

The WNZ insurance policy, effective from 17 September 2013 to 17 September 2014, provides the following cover for Windsurfing New Zealand Inc, constituted committees, affiliated clubs and authorised instructors and coaches (acting within their delegated authorities on behalf of the insured entities)

The policies Limit of Indemnity
• Public Liability $250,000 aoc
• Statutory Liability $500,000 agg
• Sports Legal Defence Costs $50,000 agg
• Association Liability $100,000 agg

Territorial Limits / Jurisdiction
• Public Liability Worldwide excluding USA / Canada
• Statutory Liability NZ activities only
• Sport Legal Defence NZ activities only
• Association Liability New Zealand

Public liability insurance

Most sporting associations cover themselves with public liability insurance. This is needed to protect the various committee members, event organisers and administrative personnel from third party claims resulting from negligence. Public liability insurance provides cover for situations where, as a consequence of event activities, property damage occurs to property of non competitors. For example, a sail on the beach flies up and takes out a power line cutting power to a suburb. Or an event rescue boat runs into a spectators boat that then sinks.

The scope of the current insurance does not just cover losses arising from acts (or failures to act) of event organisers, volunteers and sanctioning clubs but also all members of WNZ during WNZ sanctioned windsurfing events. Event organisers, sanctioning club officers and committee members and volunteers are all given protection against third party claims at any WNZ sanctioned events.

The policy is strictly third party/public liability and does not cover competitors or officials for injuries they cause to themselves or others, or damage incurred to their own property or that of other event participants.

Criminal Liability

In extreme cases serious omissions or misconduct may constitute a criminal offence. For
example the Crimes Act 1961 places a duty of care on people who undertake dangerous
acts or are in charge of dangerous things . People may be criminally responsible if their
conduct is a major departure from the standard required of a reasonable person in those
circumstances. That means that the police may bring an action against those people in the
criminal Courts, and if the person is found guilty (applying the criminal threshold of “ beyond
a reasonable doubt”), this may result in a criminal conviction and potential ly, a fine,
imprisonment or other penalty .

Statutory Liability

This covers the defence costs and penalties (fines) arising out of an unintended breach (or alleged breach) of specified Acts of Parliament which happen in connection with the activities of the club. Cover is only provided where statute allows, and deliberate or reckless non-compliance is not covered.

Requirements of the insurance for events

To ensure that no gaps are created in the insurance cover, event organisers must comply with WNZ requirements. Some key points in this regard are:

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